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katherinejcianfrini.jpgKatherine J. Cianfrini, 94 of Rochester, formerly of Batavia, passed away peacefully at her daughter Maria’s home on Sunday, May 29, 2022. She was born September 19, 1927 in Batavia, to the late Felix and Antoinette (Parrinallo) Marchese. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Edward Cianfrini, son Edward Cianfrini Jr, siblings, Joseph, Anthony, Samuel Marchese, Mary Tiberio, and Rose Antinore.

Mrs. Cianfrini was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s RC Church in Batavia and then St. James RC Church in Rochester. She loved taking care of Maria’s dog, Bella. Her biggest joy in life was cooking, cleaning and most of all family.

She is survived by her beloved daughter, Maria Cianfrini of Rochester, brother Louis (Joanne) Marchese, sister-in-law, Gloria Marchese both of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

A 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at St. James Church, Peace of Christ Parish, 130 Brett Road, East Irondequoit, NY 14609. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greece Cancer Center, 155 Bellwood Drive, Suite 1, Rochester, NY 14606. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Oakfield – Dr. Samuel J. Gerone, age 91, passed away peacefully due to dementia on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, with his family by his side. Upon his admittance to the hospital, he always had one of his loving daughters with him.

He was born on July 19, 1930 in Oakfield, a son of the late John J. Gerone and Rose Cipolla Gerone.

He was the valedictorian of the Class of 1948 from Oakfield High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Buffalo with his Bachelor of Arts degree. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a National Honor Society while he was an undergraduate student. Following his undergraduate work, he also received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Buffalo. Following his graduate work in 1955, he enlisted into the United States Army where he was a Captain in the Dental Corps in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He completed his service in the Army in 1963 and was honorably discharged.

He opened his private practice in Oakfield in 1956, next door to his parent’s home until 1974 when he went to work at the Canandaigua VA Hospital until his retirement.

He enjoyed bowling, gardening, grocery shopping at Wegman’s, watching the Buffalo Bills and loved to play golf. Oakfield residents knew every Thursday that the dentist, pharmacist and town mayor were “on vacation” at Terry Hills Golf Course.

He is survived by six beautiful daughters (one of whom composed this notice), Rose Marie (late Ian) Calder, Linda (Robert) White, Kathy (late Joe) Schifano, Beverly (Ryszard) Lipke, Jackie (Tony) Marcello and Susie (Mark) Jesse and their mother, Lois Klehn; his son, Sammy Gerone; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Peter (Lois) Gerone; his cousin, Jo Ann Cipolla along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia (PLEASE USE SCHOOL STREET ENTRANCE). His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. Burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes, 435 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, New York 14620. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

james_wright.jpg  James H. Wright Jr. 81 of Darien Center passed at home on May 27, 2022. He was born at home on Easter Sunday April 13, 1941, Buffalo, New York. Jim was preceded in death by his infant daughter Tammy Annette 3 months and 5 days of age and his brother George Frank Wright.

Jim worked for dresser industries until closing and retired from the State of New York as a Stationary Engineer working in numerous State facilities and retiring from Attica Prison.

Jim was a proud Navy veteran serving in the Atlantic Fleet. He loved his country, hunting , fishing, and his 1958 Chevy Stepside Truck dubbed The White Knight winning numerous local national and international trophies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Josephine (Lauricella) Wright, his daughters Gina Marie (Dan) Weislogel of Henderson, Nevada Paula Ann (Mike) Boundy, of East Bethany, NY and James G. Wright (Teresa) of Darien Center, NY 6 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

There will be no prior calling hours. Burial will be in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Darian Fire Co. PO 135, Darien Center NY 14040. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Basom - Allan L. Grehlinger, 87, of Basom, passed away on Thursday, (May 26, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Grehlinger was born January 4, 1935 in Batavia, a son of the late Duane and Mildred (Long) Grehlinger.

Mr. Grehlinger served honorably in the United States Air Force for three years, and for six more years in the US Air Force Reserves. He was very proud to serve his country, and to be a jet mechanic crew chief.

Allan was a member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the Alabama Fire Department. He was a lifelong farmer and greatly enjoyed all animals, especially cows, golden retrievers, and Haflinger horses. He was a people person, and loved to talk with anyone he met. He had a knack for being genuinely interested in others' stories. Allan liked to go on adventures, and to take people with him.  Mr. Grehlinger also enjoyed antiquing, watching airplanes, and going to garage sales to find just what someone else was searching for.  Allan devoted more than two decades to the Salvation Army food pantry in Batavia. He began by carrying the donations from the Indian FAlls UMC to the pantry and progressed to coordinating the other volunteers for each month. With those volunteers, he sorted the donated food and packed the food boxes to share with those in need.  Allan's devotion to the Salvation Army's food pantry sprang from his desire to serve and to give when his health prevented him from continuing his farming. especially to Amish country to watch the Amish work their fields. While he appreciated modern day farming methods and machines, he was most fond of the down to earth family farming of his Amish and Mennonite friends.

Allan was the husband of Jane (Silsby) Grehlinger of Basom. He is also survived by his sister, Laura (late William) Hagen of Batavia; along with many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by a sister, Shirley (late Charles) Green; and a nephew, Jimmy Lee Hagen.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 6 to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10 to 12:00 noon at Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Alleghany Road, Corfu, where Allan 's Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon, immediately following visitation. Burial will be in the Alabama Cemetery in Alabama.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Oakfield-Alabama FFA, 7100 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, NY 14125.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsandford.com


Hilton - Nicole L. (Worthington) Gerould passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022 at the age of 42. She is survived by her husband, Chad; her 3 daughters, Katelyn, Erica, Emily; her father, Dale (Cathy) Worthington of Byron; her mother, Gail (Bruce) Rizzo of Spencerport; her mother-in-law, Sheryl Hugh; her sisters, Paula (Paul) Anderson, Crystal Worthington, Nicole (Steve) Myers, Sara (Kevin) Ziesenitz; her brothers, Andy (Erica) Williams, Tim (Laura) Williams, Scott (Amanda) Williams, Matt (Jessica) Rizzo; her sister-in-law, Leah (Steve) Talarico; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Nicole was employed by Heritage Christian Services as a Case Manager. She enjoyed boating, camping, spending time at the beach, vacationing and being with her girls. She especially enjoyed when all the neighborhood kids would gather in her yard to play with her girls. She will be greatly missed by all.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Thomas E. Burger Funeral Home, 735 East Avenue, Hilton, NY. Nicole's Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Jude's Church, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester, NY 14606. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030 or to The Dream Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. To donate online click on the charity name.

Wendy Sue Williams, 54, of Batavia, passed away Sunday morning May 29, 2022 at Crossroads House.
 
Wendy was born March 15, 1968 in Middleborough, MA, a daughter of Barbara (Williams) Kerns and the late John Robert McCarroll.
 
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Therapy,  Wendy was the owner of Sound Foundations Voice Studio in Batavia.  She was a performer with Main Street 56 Theatre and an adjudicator for NATS.
 
Surviving along with her mother are her husband, Sean Williams; children, Collin Jones, Brannon (Emily) Jones, Charlie (Sara) Williams, Owen Jones, John Williams and Avelynn Williams; a sister, Shayna (Brett) Klassen and her sister of the heart, Sara Brunner.
 
Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  There will be no funeral service and Wendy will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery in Holley.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.
 
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Joan T. Hammer, age 61, of Lincoln Avenue, passed away peacefully Friday morning (May 27, 2022) at home in the loving presence of her family.

 joan_t._hammer_0.jpg    She was born January 7, 1961 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Ronald and Margaret Goldsmith Hammer.

     Joan will be remembered as a loving sister, aunt and dear friend, who enjoyed trips to the casino, scratching her lottery tickets and playing bingo.  She was a dedicated fan of the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees and Nascar.

     She will be sadly missed by her siblings, Theresa Hammer (fiancé, Dean Bates), Patricia Hammer, Kathleen (Walter) Kochmanski, Michael Hammer and Richard Hammer; brother-in-law, William Hirsch Jr., along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, dear friends and her special family friend and casino companion, Mary Hirsch.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Bonnie Hirsch.

     Services and interment will be private. 

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joan are suggested to either her family, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office canine fund or the LeRoy Food Pantry.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Joan's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Joan and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

wierda_james_-_photo1.jpgJames C. Wierda, 76 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (December 17, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

He was born February 25, 1945 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late Albert and Mary Grace Groux Wierda.

Mr. Wierda was an Army Veteran, having served his country during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Ken Barrett Chevrolet in Batavia. He enjoyed country western music, was an avid golfer and was known for his cookouts, where he would always find a reason to have one. He also enjoyed horseracing and often you could find him at Batavia Downs. Most of all, he loved his family and his world evolved around them. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Schlenker Wierda of Batavia. Son, Derk Wierda of Batavia. Daughters, Lindsay Wierda of Batavia and Jessica (Thomas) Lewandowski of Pembroke. Eight grandchildren, Arianna, Azalea, Dimitri, Aiden, Gabreille, Ava, Tyler, Onaleigh. Daughter in-law, Oksana Wierda. Sisters, Sylvia Ripley of Buffalo and Mary Wierda of Buffalo. Brothers, Edward, John and Chris Wierda, all of Florida. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Christopher P. Wierda. Grandfather of the late Daniil Petlevanny. Brother of the late Thomas Wierda and Margaret Ryll.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at United Memorial Medical Center and Dialysis for the care which they have shown to Jim.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (June 2nd) from 3:00pm-5:30pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. There will be a celebration of his life after the visitation at the family home on North Lyon Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

rosie1.jpg  Rosemarie G. Suozzi, 84, entered into eternal rest on Thursday May 26, 2022 surrounded by the love of her daughters. Rosie had been a resident at the Le Roy Village Green Nursing Facility. Rosie was born on July 8, 1937 to the late Joseph and Josephine (Sardina) Natolie in Perry, New York. In addition to her parents, Rosie is predeceased by her beloved husband; Donald and her loving sister Carol Frongetta.

Rosie was a 1955 graduate of Batavia High School and enjoyed being part of the class reunion committee for many years. Rosie was also very well known and loved waitressing for more than 40 years at the Scotland Yard which later became Bohn’s. Rosie enjoyed getting together with her Bohn’s family for many years after the restaurant closed. Rosie also loved working in food service at the NYS School for the Blind for over 20 years before retiring. She loved the children and they loved her.

A lifelong member of St. Anthony’s/Ascension Parish, Rosie was active in the Altar and Rosary Society.

Rosie married Donald Suozzi on June 4, 1960. Their 3 daughters; Donna Suozzi, Jacqueline (Thomas Balestra) Suozzi and Janice Della Penna along with their cherished granddaughters Danielle Jo and Gabrielle Rose Della Penna will try their best to carry on with the love, respect and hospitality Magoo and Rosie always demonstrated. Their home on Ellicott Street Road and later on South Jackson Street was always open to family and friends. You can always count on a fresh pot of coffee to be brewing and food being cooked and offered morning, noon and night. One could not say no to Rosie. Two of her many famous one-liners are “have coffee” and “sit, eat!”. Through the years Rosie’s life was enriched by her many groups of friends. Her Bohn’s friends, the card club and the coffee girls are a few who were and always will be near and dear to her entire family’s hearts.

Along with her daughters and granddaughters, Rosemarie is survived by her “fourth daughter” Christine Saraceni and her husband James and their daughters and families. Her brother-in-law Robert Frongetta, his sons and their families as well as countless cousins, Godchildren and family friends also survive.

Rosemarie’s daughters would like to acknowledge the kindness, caring and compassion that she received from the staff of the LeRoy Village Green, from the ladies at the front desk to the accommodating kitchen crew and amazing healthcare workers-truly angels on earth.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Rosie’s life will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday June 1, 2022 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020.  Rosemarie will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.    

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union Ave, Batavia, New York 14020 to be used for an annual scholarship established in Donald and Rosemarie’s honor. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

lang.jpg  Joanne S. Lang, 84, of Batavia passed away on Thursday May 26, 2022 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born on November 21, 1937 in Batavia to the late Joseph and Clara (Allen) Lang. In addition to her parents, Joanne is predeceased by her siblings; Jerome (Nancy) Lang, Dorothy (Don) Jones, Marge (Leo) Brumstead, Beatrice (Ray) Richardson, Norman Johnson, Elizabeth (Walter) Kowalik, Joseph (Pamela) Lang and James Worthington.  

She is survived by her siblings; Mary Johnson of Batavia, Harriet Worthington of Batavia, Alfred (Deanna) Lang of Batavia, Sandra (Philip) Fraterrigo of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends and family are invited to attend a 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday May 31, 2022 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  Joanne will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 E. Main St. in Batavia. . For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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